The German-Canadian tenor Michael Schade, who was born in Geneva in 1965, studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He quickly made the leap to the world’s leading stages. He has appeared regularly at the Vienna Staatsoper and the Salzburg Festival, where he has sung such Mozart roles as Tamino in The Magic Flute and the title character in La clemenza di Tito and also appeared in performances of works by Haydn, Purcell, Cherubini, and Schubert. Further engagements include at the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera, Milan’s La Scala, the Opéra national de Paris, and the Bavarian and Hamburg Staatsoper companies, as well as with the most internationally renowned orchestras. He worked closely with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, with whom he made a Grammy Award-winning recording of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Michael Schade is a passionate lieder singer. He has been the director of the International Baroque Festival at Melk Abbey since 2014.

One previous LUCERNE FESTIVAL appearance: on March 10, 2008, as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion, with the Concentus Musicus Wien and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

July 2024